Saturday, January 31, 2015

Flood warning at Shore

"Moderate" flooding possible tonight; "advisory" in effect along Delaware River.

Flood warning at Shore

With the full moon, onshore winds, and higher-than-normal tides, the National Weather Service has issued a "coastal flood warning" at the Shore and for most of Delaware.

In addition, its has posted a flood "advisory" for areas on the both sides of the Delaware River.

The warning is in effect from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with high tides occurring at 8:16 p.m. in Atlantic City; 8:50 p.m., in Cape May, and 8:35 at Rehoboth Beach.

High tides are later along the Delaware, where less-serious flooding is anticipated, and the advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.

The river high tides occur between midnight and 3 a.m.

None of this should constitute a major issue, but water could wash on to some roads, as any veteran user of the Admiral Wilson Boulevard could attest.

Fortunately, the peak flooding would pose no threat to busy commuting periods.

On the negative side, standing water is much higher to see in the dark, especially when the moon is obscured by clouds.

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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